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Encino Bookstore to Become Drugstore, Despite Protests

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Despite protests, petitions and Facebook groups, the Encino Barnes & Noble bookstore is set to become a CVS drugstore, according to Daily News.

Though the Encino location will close on New Year's Eve, an official statement from Barnes & Noble indicates plans to open another store nearby and urges Encino residents to remember that the Calabasas Commons location is still open.

Caruso Affiliates, owners of the property, responded to the public outcry by attempting to extend the bookstore's lease, but "those conversations did not result in an agreement."

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No word on when a new Barnes & Noble store will open in the area, but the "Save Our Encino Barnes & Noble" group now plans to protest CVS and filed a petition with ABC to object to their liquor license application.

LAist commenters had an interesting debate when we first covered the Barnes & Noble closure protests. Now that the bookstore is closing for good, what do you think this says about the future of bookstores in Los Angeles?